Tenure-Track Position Open! : Race and Resistance Studies & Asian American Studies (Joint Appointment, with specialization in Pacific Island and Oceania Studies, Education)

Assistant Professor, Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies and Education

Race and Resistance Studies and Asian American Studies (joint appointment)

Start date: August, 2019

Email to chair of hiring committee: pishire@sfsu.edu

San Francisco State University, the Departments of Race & Resistance Studies and Asian American Studies, offer an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with expertise in Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies and the field of education beginning August 2019.

We seek a colleague whose teaching, research, and service will sit at the intersection of Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies, education, and the development of liberatory and alternative pedagogies. This joint position will focus on developing a Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies program at the University. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute and bolster through their research, student-centered teaching, and service to campus and community, the founding principles of the College of Ethnic Studies: self-determination and community empowerment.

Full Job Listing: http://careers.calstate.edu/Detail.aspx?pid=70610

About the Departments:

The Department of Race and Resistance Studies is the newest department within the College of Ethnic Studies (founded in 2010 with formal departmental status granted in 2017). The mission of Race and Resistance Studies is to prepare students to think critically, nurture a social consciousness, actively engage with and respond to community needs, develop leadership skills, while deepening a foundation of knowledge related to the multiple histories and cultures of communities of color within and outside the United States. To do so, Race and Resistance Studies utilizes an approach that is comparative and relational, interdisciplinary, intersectional, and centered in a praxis of resistance. Currently, RRS houses two minors (Race and Resistance Studies and AMED: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas), has two additional minors in the pipeline (Critical Pacific & Oceania Studies and Queer Ethnic Studies), and soon will offer a BA in Race and Resistance Studies. http://rrs.sfsu.edu/home

Born out of the historic 1968-69 Third World Strike, the Asian American Studies Department is both the oldest and largest in the nation. Asian American Studies at SF State has the nation’s most comprehensive program of study on the Asian American experience, with a commitment to serving our students, the academy, and most important, Asian American communities. It houses a minor, a major, and an MA program. As with RRS, the Asian American Studies department resides within the only College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and was founded on principles of community-based research and teaching, student leadership and activism, and the self-determination of communities of color. http://aas.sfsu.edu/

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload will be split between Race and Resistance Studies (1 course, professional development and service time) and Asian American Studies (2 courses). Teaching assignments for AAS will include courses in Asian Americans and Education; as well as introductory courses in Asian Americans and Critical Thinking; or Contemporary Asian American Issues. Teaching assignments in RRS will include teaching within and developing the Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies minor. Professional development and service in RRS will be directed toward the development of the Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies minor as well. Tenure and promotion will occur in RRS with appropriate representative from AAS.


The position requires

  • undergraduate teaching in Race and Resistance Studies/Critical Pacific Island and Oceania Studies and Asian American Studies
  • mentoring and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students,
  • developing an active ongoing research program in the applicant’s area of specialty (Pacific Island and Oceania Studies, Asian American Studies, Education),
  • ongoing committee and service assignments.



  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in History, Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, American Studies, Feminist Studies, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, or related discipline.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students Preferred:
  • One to two years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
  • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations.
  • Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner.
  • Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and a publication record that demonstrates a sustained research focus on Pacific Island and Oceania Studies.
  • A demonstrated record of community involvement related to Pacific Island communities. Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application: Submit

  1. letter of intent/interest,
  2. a current CV,
  3. a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the mission of the Race and Resistance Studies & Asian American Studies Departments to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community,
  4. a sample of scholarly papers,
  5. teaching philosophy regarding pedagogical approaches that address Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies, Education, and Pacific Island communities,
  6. description of research interests,
  7. letters of recommendation from three references.

Teaching evaluations will be requested at a later date.

Submit all materials via email to: pishire@sfsu.edu by December 1, 2018.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

About the University:

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.